Ohio State’s 2016 recruiting class – the country’s fourth-ranked class – featured 25 signees from 11 states and many of those players are expected to contribute to the Buckeyes on-field success early in their careers.
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Today’s focus is Binjimen Victor, a Top 100 signee in the 2016 class out of South Florida.
Who is Binjimen Victor?
Binjimen Victor first became familiar to Ohio State fans in the summer of 2014 after a big-time performance at Ohio State’s premier recruiting camp, Friday Night Lights. He impressed wide receivers coach Zach Smith and – along with another player at that camp, Austin Mack – emerged as one of the Buckeyes top wide receiver targets for the 2016 class that night. For much of the next year, Victor – who spent a week visiting Columbus prior to Friday Night Lights – listed Ohio State as his leader.
- Height: 6 feet 4
- Weight: 185
- Number: 9
- Hometown: Fort Lauderdale (FL)
- High School: Coconut Creek
- Composite Ranking: 12 (WR)
- High School Highlights
As the summer of 2015 rolled around, it was Florida that had catapulted into the lead for Victor, who was actually scheduled to commit to the Gators in last June. Thanks to Smith’s persistence, Victor decided to take one more visit to Ohio State before his planned commitment date and that trip gave the country’s 12th-ranked wide receiver something to think about; he delayed his decision and from that point forward it was all Buckeyes once more.
The Coconut Creek wide receiver made three official visits, including one to Ohio State, one to Tennessee and one to West Virginia, and committed to the Buckeyes officially on January 18, 2016, one of three big-name players to verbally pledge to Urban Meyer that day. He enrolled at Ohio State in June and lost his Black Stripe – signifying he was an actual member of the Buckeyes team – on Aug. 18.
What does he bring to Ohio State?
Over the last few years, one of the “problems” that Zach Smith and Ohio State’s wide receivers group – dubbed “Zone Six” – has faced is that, for all their talent, the unit had lacked what you’d describe as “pure” wide receivers. That is changing with the addition of guys like KJ Hill, Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor. Victor is big – 6 feet 4 – and he’s fast, he jumps out of the gym and gives Ohio State a true outside threat in the mold of current New Orleans Saints rookie Mike Thomas.
“What I like about Ben,” Zach Smith said during the Buckeyes media day. “Is that he knows he’s got work to do and he’s coming in working hard. He can provide something different to the group when he gets it all together here and I think he’s got the ability to be a difference maker or he wouldn’t have been someone we went after as long as we did.”
Will he play as a freshman?
If we’re being honest with ourselves, it’s unlikely that Victor plays as a freshman but that’s not an indictment on his abilities as much as it is a validation of Ohio State’s depth and talent at wide receiver. The South Florida star knows that he’s going to have to prepare himself for the mental challenge of going from a big fish to a little fish and he’s grateful to have some peers from Florida around him, helping him out.
“The guys from South Florida are all really talented but none of us have done it on the field yet, really,” Victor told Landof10.com at Ohio State’s media day on Aug. 16. “It’s really just seeing how they’ve dealt with that and understanding that this is not always going to be easy. (Johnnie Dixon) has had some injuries, (Torrance Gibson) had some stuff that slowed him down and I’m just getting here but we’re going to leave our mark and show others why they should come up here.”
Don’t count on Victor in 2016, but as one of the earliest members of the 2016 class to lose his black stripe, he’s certainly put in the work to earn some playing time if the need arises for a change due to injuries or a lack of production.